Thursday, August 24, 2017

Surigao del Norte solon frames master plan for Siargao Tourism

By John Glenn A. Platil

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Aug. 24 (PIA) – First district representative of Surigao del Norte Cong. Francisco Jose 'Bingo' Matugas II recently formulated a Comprehensive Tourism Master Plan for Siargao Island pursuant to Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Administrative Order No. 2013-09, otherwise known as the Guidelines on Eco-Tourism Planning and Management in Protected Areas.

In the past five years, under the administration of Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Matugas, tourist arrivals averaged at a growth of 31.92 percent, with a total of 179,960 tourist arrivals last year.

Tourism has experienced unprecedented boost over the years since surfing and game fishing, originally conceptualized by then Gov. Francisco 'Lalo' Matugas, were calendared as regular annual international events resulting to a surge of foreign and local investments.

More than being a tourist's paradise, the island is also characterized by its rich natural diversity.

On the basis of Republic Act No. 7586, otherwise known as the National Integrated Protected Area System Act, Siargao Island Protected Landscape and Seascape (SIPLAS) was established.

The Department of Tourism recognizes Siargao as both a major tourism jewel and a crucial biodiversity site.

In order to expedite the economic development of Siargao, the plan preparation was structured to cover preparatory activities on the way to becoming a Tourism Enterprise Zone (TEZ), participatory governance with proactive involvement of local host communities and partner stakeholders, as well as technology transfer and tourism data banking for implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

The scope of work involves research, coordination and consultation, market and product development, spatial analysis, environmental examination, water, energy, and waste management plan, human resources, social investigation, infrastructure, and financial study, on top of institutional and policy analysis. (PGO-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Caraga RIACAT-VAWC members celebrate world day against trafficking

By Abegail R. Alvarez

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 24 - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Caraga through the Protective Services Unit (PSU) together with the members of Regional Inter-agency Council Against Trafficking-Violence Against Women and their Children (RIACAT-VAWC) led the celebration of the World Day Against Trafficking held recently at Robinson’s Place, here.

Activities such as logo making contest and dance drama competition for high school students which focused on the theme, “Ituloy ang Laban Kontra Human Trafficking”, were conducted during the celebration.

In her welcome message, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Regional Director Renell D. Martinez expressed her gratitude to all RIACAT-VAWC members, students, teachers, and other partner-stakeholders who joined the activity.

On the other hand, PCSupt. Rolando B. Felix, Regional Director of PNP, the event's speaker, highlighted the importance of strengthening efforts in combating the modern-day slavery which commonly victimizes the vulnerable sector.

“This is the time for a massive information campaign to the public. We must strengthen our efforts in combating trafficking in persons and bring hope to those who suffered injustice,’’ said Felix.

For the dance drama competition, Libertad National High School won first prize and received the amount of P8,000 with a trophy, while Butuan City School of Arts and Trades (BCSAT) and Saint Michael College of Caraga got the 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Other schools who participated the said competition are Agay National High School, Nasipit National Vocational School, Magallanes National High School, Philippine Electronics and Communication Institute of Technology (PECIT), Banza National High School, and Agusan National High School.

For the logo making contest, Joseph Ian B. Onyot from CSWD of Bayugan City was declared the grand winner and received P5,000 worth of cash prize and a trophy. Other contestants include representatives from PNP, DepEd-AdN, DOJ, TESDA, DOH, DTI, PIA, DILG, and SPO-AdN.

The United Nations General Assembly adopted in 2010 the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons urging governments worldwide to take coordinated and consistent measures to defeat this scourge and later in 2013, adopted resolution A/RES/68/192 and designated July 30 as the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons declaring the day necessary to “raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.”

As chairperson of the RIACAT-VAWC, the DSWD in collaboration with other member agencies continues to conduct various advocacy activities to end human trafficking. (Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Field Office Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


LGU Dinagat Islands eyes SGLG hall of fame

By Meltzimar T. Piquero

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Aug. 24 (PIA) – The provincial government of Dinagat Islands has been the recipient of the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) award by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for two consecutive years.

This year, the provincial government doubled its best efforts to pull all resources to elevate its stature to the Hall of Fame for SGLG.

Recently, the Regional Assessment Team conducted a regional assessment of the core and essential areas based on its flagship, the Seal of Good Local Governance- Pagkilala sa Katapatan at Kahusayan ng Pamahalaang Lokal.

Unlike the previous years, this year’s criteria involved seven areas of indicators that are classified into the core and essential areas.

The core areas comprise the indicators on Financial Administration, Disaster Preparedness, Social Protection, and Peace and Order (formerly an essential area) while essential areas include Business Friendliness and Competitiveness, Environmental Management, and Tourism, Culture and the Arts.

The regional assessment team evaluated the voluminous documents covering all the indicators prescribed for SGLG assessment. Afterwards, the team conducted an area validation particularly the physical structures in hospitals and the ramps and comfort rooms for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) if they conform to the standard required measurements.

On transparency aspect, to keep track of the expenditures and he flows and outflows of finances of the LGU, the Full Disclosure Policy bulletin boards situated in three conspicuous places namely: Philippine Ports Authority, Public Market and Provincial Capitol Lobby were also evaluated by the regional assessment team.

Generally, the validation generated laudable feedbacks from the team in which majority of the indicators were met. The results guaranteed the province an edge to win this year’s SGLG and to be included the Hall of Fame.

Accordingly, numerous privileges will be given to the province if the award will again be obtained for three straight consecutive years.

The most coveted prices include access to different program window form National Government Agencies, continuing capability development opportunities and loans, and a bigger Performance Challenge Fund.


The Regional Assessment Team composed of DILG, Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Environment Management Bureau (EMB), Philippine National Police (PNP), and representatives from non-government organizations. (PIO-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)